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After you have analysed your topic and found learned new terminology from some text books, it is time to think about your search strategy to find journal articles. Watch the video Online Research: Tips for effective search strategies. In summary:
place OR between alternative keywords for a single topic
place AND between the different topics
use truncation * to find alternative endings to words